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1998 UK Championship

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The 1998 Liverpool Victoria UK Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England. The event started on 16 November 1998 and the televised stages were shown on BBC between 21 and 29 November 1998.

Liverpool Victoria UK Championship
Tournament information
Dates16–29 November 1998
VenueBournemouth International Centre
CityBournemouth
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£460,000
Winner's share£75,000
Highest breakScotland John Higgins (141)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upWales Matthew Stevens
Score10–6
1997
1999

This was the first UK championship to be held in Bournemouth since the inaugural championship in 1977, after 20 years at Preston.[1] The Conference Centre has held snooker competitions before. It hosted the World Cup between 1985 and 1990,[2] the Mercantile Credit Classic in 1991 and 1992,[3] the International Open in 1994 and 1995,[4] and the Grand Prix in 1996 and 1997.[5]

Ronnie O'Sullivan was the defending champion, but he withdrew before the tournament. His doctor had told him to rest after suffering from physical and nervous exhaustion.[6]

John Higgins won this year's title by defeating Matthew Stevens 10–6 in the final to go with the World Championship crown he won earlier in the year.[7] This was Higgins' 10th ranking title.

Tournament summaryEdit

Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan was the number 1 seed with World Champion John Higgins seeded 2. The remaining places were allocated to players based on the world rankings.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[8][9]

Main drawEdit

[8][10][11]

Last 64
Best of 17 frames
Last 32
Best of 17 frames
Last 16
Best of 17 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 17 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 17 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
                  
1   Ronnie O'Sullivan w/d
70   John Read w/o
70   John Read 5
40   Rod Lawler 9
31   Jamie Burnett 4
40   Rod Lawler 9
40   Rod Lawler 5
26   Matthew Stevens 9
26   Matthew Stevens 9
44   Bradley Jones 7
26   Matthew Stevens 9
9   Stephen Lee 6
9   Stephen Lee 9
79   Steve Judd 4
26   Matthew Stevens 9
78   Matthew Couch 5
15   James Wattana 3
78   Matthew Couch 9
78   Matthew Couch 9
377   Marco Fu 6
17   Gary Wilkinson 4
377   Marco Fu 9
78   Matthew Couch 9
193   Michael Holt 5
30   Graeme Dott 9
59   Gerard Greene 3
30   Graeme Dott 1
193   Michael Holt 9
8   Alan McManus 7
193   Michael Holt 9
26   Matthew Stevens 9
19   Dave Harold 7
5   Mark Williams 9
81   Jimmy Michie 3
5   Mark Williams 9
23   Dominic Dale 4
23   Dominic Dale 9
61   David Gray 4
5   Mark Williams 4
19   Dave Harold 9
19   Dave Harold 9
57   Dene O'Kane 6
19   Dave Harold 9
13   Nigel Bond 5
13   Nigel Bond 9
53   Peter Lines 6
19   Dave Harold 9
20   Fergal O'Brien 4
11   Anthony Hamilton 9
47   Tony Chappel 4
11   Anthony Hamilton 8
20   Fergal O'Brien 9
20   Fergal O'Brien 9
62   Paul Wykes 2
20   Fergal O'Brien 9
4   Ken Doherty 7
28   Martin Clark 9
74   Joe Perry 8
28   Martin Clark 7
4   Ken Doherty 9
4   Ken Doherty 9
94   John Lardner 0
26   Matthew Stevens 6
2   John Higgins 10
3   Stephen Hendry 0
73   Marcus Campbell 9
73   Marcus Campbell 9
45   Quinten Hann 5
32   Billy Snaddon 3
45   Quinten Hann 9
73   Marcus Campbell 7
14   Steve Davis 9
21   Andy Hicks 9
  John Whitty 6
21   Andy Hicks 2
14   Steve Davis 9
14   Steve Davis 9
  Graham Horne 4
14   Steve Davis 4
24   Paul Hunter 9
16   Mark King 8
36   Joe Swail 9
36   Joe Swail 6
24   Paul Hunter 9
24   Paul Hunter 9
50   Lee Walker 3
24   Paul Hunter 9
18   Jimmy White 2
18   Jimmy White 9
42   Jonathan Birch 7
18   Jimmy White 9
41   Paul Davies 4
7   Peter Ebdon 4
41   Paul Davies 9
24   Paul Hunter 4
2   John Higgins 9
6   John Parrott 9
38   Euan Henderson 8
6   John Parrott 9
37   Steve James 3
22   Darren Morgan 7
37   Steve James 9
6   John Parrott 9
75   Gary Ponting 6
25   Chris Small 7
  Patrick Wallace 9
  Patrick Wallace 8
75   Gary Ponting 9
10   Tony Drago 8
75   Gary Ponting 9
6   John Parrott 6
2   John Higgins 9
12   Alain Robidoux 8
89   Lee Richardson 9
89   Lee Richardson 3
29   Terry Murphy 9
29   Terry Murphy 9
34   Neal Foulds 3
29   Terry Murphy 3
2   John Higgins 9
27   Brian Morgan 9
63   Tony Jones 4
27   Brian Morgan 4
2   John Higgins 9
2   John Higgins 9
48   David Roe 1

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee:   Alan Chamberlain.
Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth, England, 29 November 1998.
Matthew Stevens (26)
  Wales
6–10 John Higgins (2)
  Scotland
Afternoon: 0–86, 36–62, 68–31 (52), 48–69, 91–0 (62), 11–68 (50), 105–10 (105), 61–60 (Higgins 60)
Evening: 72–22 (66), 36–87 (73), 0–84 (84), 6–70, 0–107 (107), 76–34, 23–81, 0–90 (90)
105 Highest break 107
1 Century breaks 1
4 50+ breaks 6

Century breaksEdit

All Rounds [8]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Turner, Chris. "World Cup, World Team Classic, Nations Cup". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "Wilsons Classic, Lada Classic, Mercantile Credit Classic". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on February 16, 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  4. ^ Turner, Chris. "International Open, Goya Matchroom Trophy". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  5. ^ Turner, Chris. "Professional Players Tournament, Grand Prix, LG Cup". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on February 16, 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  6. ^ "O'Sullivan pulls out `exhausted'". The Independent. 19 November 1998. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  7. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 46–47.
  8. ^ a b c "Liverpool Victoria UK Championship 1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  9. ^ "1998 UK Championship Player Prize Money". Snooker Database. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  10. ^ "UK Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  11. ^ "1998 UK Championship Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 13 March 2013.